The history of Evansville, Indiana spans hundreds of years, with thousands of years of human habitation. The area's geography and location on a bend in the Ohio River attracted people from the earliest times. Because of its position on the river and surrounding natural resources, Evansville grew to become a commercial, industrial and financial hub for the tri-state area.
After World War II, employment in the city continued to climb. Evansville's manufacturing base of automobiles, household appliances and farm equipment stood to benefit from growing post-war demand. A growing housing demand also caused residential development to leap north across Pigeon Creek and east across Weinbach Avenue.
By the late 1950s this new population, far removed from the traditional downtown commercial area, would encourage the growth of large shopping centers such as North Park on First Avenue, Lawndale on Green River Road and, in 1963, Indiana's first covered shopping mall, Washington Square. In the decades that followed Green River Road on the city's east side, including its anchor Eastland Mall, became the area's primary commercial district. During the final third of the 20th century, Evansville solidified its position as the commercial, medical, and service hub for the tri-state region. For most of the 1980s, from 1981 to 1989, Evansville native Robert D. Orr served as the 45thGovernor of Indiana.
A 1990s economic spurt was fueled by the growth of the University of Southern Indiana, which now has over 10,000 students. The arrival of giant Toyota and AK Steel plants, as well as Tropicana Evansville (originally Casino Aztar), Indiana's first gaming boat, also contributed to the growth of jobs and economic activity.
Along with good shopping, fun activities and beautiful neighborhoods, the East Side of Evansville has multiple sports complexes and golf courses and beautiful Wesselman Park. The University of Evansville has several events during the year that may be of interest to you. You want to go out for dinner and a movie? Several local restaurants and larger food chains are in the area and several movie theaters!
The East Side of Evansville is also home to the Deaconess network of medicine with several specialized hospitals and clinics as well as St Vincent's several specialized medical facilities.
You won't have to go far for much of anything if you settle down in this area of Evansville.
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